Cut Down

How to Conjugate Cut Down

  • Infinitive: Cut Down
  • Present Tense: Cut Down/ Cuts Down
  • -ing Form: Cutting Down
  • Past Tense: Cut Down
  • Past Participle: Cut Down
Cut Down is a separable phrasal verb and has 3 definitions.

Definitions of Cut Down:

1. To do less of something or to use something in smaller amounts.

Examples: I need to really cut down on sweets.
He’s rich, so he doesn’t need to cut down on his expenses if he doesn’t want to.

2. To cut something by using a saw, axe, etc.

Examples: Stop cutting down the trees!
The manicurist asked me if I wanted my nails cut down.

3. To do or say something that makes people feel less important or powerful.

Examples: The boss cut her down in the middle of her presentation.
It’s rude to cut people down just because you don’t agree with their opinion.

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